“Do you have any Irish in ya? Would you like some?”
Welcome to that time of year when the green beer is a-flowing and the booze-fueled pickup lines abound. Well, even more than usual. Here are seven picks to get your Irish eyes smiling, or at the very least glossed-over in celebration:
Any holiday in Vegas can be celebrated for days. Rí Rá Irish Pub starts off early on Friday, spanning to Saturday for the pub’s one-year anniversary. Wake up early to view the Ireland vs. England rugby match, followed by a parade through Mandalay Bay complete with everyone’s favorite—bagpipes! In Mandalay Place, 10 a.m., $10, RiRa.com.
Also keeping the luck o’ the Irish going is J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub with four days of food and drink specials, music and Irish-themed festivities. But St. Patrick’s Day is where it’s at for ogling the Guinness and Jameson Girls adorning you with Irish swag. In the JW Marriott, 10 a.m., $20 after 3 p.m., JWLasVegasResort.com.
The festivities at Nine Fine Irishmen spill out like a bad beer binge at New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge via the Celtic Feis, a traditional Gaelic arts/cultural fest. Plus the property’s Chrysler Building goes green. Don your best kilt for complimentary admission. $25 includes one drink, 10 a.m., NewYorkNewYork.com.
Get bolloxed at Rock the Shamrock, featuring unlimited tasting of more than 70 brands of whiskey! But if your liver isn’t as conditioned as the OG Irish, soak it up with the Irish food bites. In M Resort, $50, 7 p.m., TheMResort.com.
Not a fan of beer or whiskey, but enjoy festive libations? Stumble over to Cabo Wabo Cantina for a Mexican-style St. Patrick’s Day with green(er?) margaritas. Or suck it up and go overboard with a 100-ounce green beer tower for $55. In the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, 11 a.m., no cover, CaboWaboCantina.com.
Wanna see two little green men battle it out? Not aliens, but the pot o’ gold hiding kind. Coconuts features matches by the Half Pint Brawlers, complete with broken bottles, tacks and more. In Town Square, 7 p.m., no cover, CoconutsVegas.com.
Keep the party going into the next day! Artisan Afterhours offers $7 Irish Car Bombs and beer specials, plus DJs M!ke Attack, Cyberkid and more. In the Artisan Hotel, 2 a.m., no cover, ArtisanHotel.com.